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GATE Equity Webinar Series

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Kefi Andersen

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What is GATE Equity Webinar?

GATE Equity Webinar helps growth minded educators and education advocates to learn from Washington districts who are closing opportunity gaps. Using OSPI data and experience from the field, GATE Equity webinar reveals the systems that drive success, an equity focus, and the key strategies that are getting students to graduation.

GATE Equity Webinar links research and best practice featuring education experts and Washington practitioners with findings on equity in graduation, such as attendance, 9th graders on-track, dual credit, discipline, community partnerships, and building strong teams. The goal of GATE Equity Webinar isn't merely to inform, but to give you insights to apply at schools, in your offices, and throughout your life.

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Summer Session

GATE 101: Attendance  

August 21, 2019 | 10 am

A webinar that features research-based best practices on a given topic each month, statewide data, highlights a school that is implementing best practices right now, and gives you resources to start or fine tune this work.


GATE 201: Attendance Community Cafes  

August 21, 2019 | 3 pm

A webinar that zeroes in on a specific strategy based on our monthly topic, highlighting a school that is implementing this strategy right now, and gives you resources to start or fine tune this work.


Fall Session

GATE 101: School Climate

September 11, 2019 | 10 am


GATE 201: School Climate

September 11, 2019 | 3 pm



June 12, 2019 Graduation

Morning Session - Graduation 101: Supporting What's Next
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Summer is coming! How can you help your seniors with what comes after high school? We've designed this webinar to help you. We'll have strategies to track students into their post-secondary plans, data options, and great resources to get you started. Join Kim Reykdal, OSPI Counseling Lead to learn more!​

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Afternoon Session – Graduation 201: Alternative Learning Experience
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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What happens when students aren't ready to graduate by graduation? Join Rhett Nelson, OSPI's Director of Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) to get ideas on how to ease the transition and keep kids on the path to a diploma. We'll be joined by special guest, Deanna Hogan from Vancouver School District to learn how they've created a variety of options to meet the needs of their students.

Morning Session - Mental Health 101: Crafting an Integrated System of Supports

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Are you working on supporting all students? Learn more about how schools are crafting an Integrated System of Supports. We'll be joined by ESD 101's Andrew Bingham and OSPI's Camille Goldy to talk about their pilot program for increasing the integration of supports working with the Health Care Authority and Cheney School District, who has spent the last year implementing this process. Join us for resources that will help you assess your school district.

Afternoon Session – Mental Health 201: Elementary and Early Learning Strategies

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What does it look like to offer mental health supports in elementary schools? Learn how Project AWARE worked with Shelton School District, ESD 113, and local supports to craft integrated student supports.


SSD Student Support Team General Education Request for Assistance Form (provided by Shelton School District)

General Education Intervention Plan Form (provided by Shelton School District)

Math 101: CTE 

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Career & Technical Education's Dan Tedor is going to be talking through the process for CTE course equivalencies and how you can identify potential courses that make sense for you. We'll also be joined by Student Information's Jeff Whitehill to get a look at the new Report Card and secure data in Educational Data System (EDS).

Prereading: Dual Credit System Improvement Guide

Math 201: College Ready Math Initiative and Growth Mindset

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          Special Guests: Agile Mind and Bellingham School District
          Did you know that there are ways to help students develop a growth mindset? The College Ready Math Initiative will be joining us to talk about their strategies for increasing student engagement and persistence in math. Bellevue School District will also be with us to share their Intensified Algebra and Academic Youth Development courses, where these growth mindset strategies are being implemented.

Dual Credit 101: Increasing Equitable Access and Supporting Success

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Join Spokane Public Schools and OSPI's dual credit supervisors to get a look into Washington's dual credit participation and the implications for dual credit offerings around the state. You'll get a chance to self-assess, action plan, and hear the amazing story of how Rogers High School used dual credit opportunities to boost student outcomes.

Prereading: Dual Credit System Improvement Guide

Dual Credit 201: Engaging Student Interests with High School & Beyond Planning and CTE

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Calling all school counselors! We'll have Toppenish School District with us to talk about their approach to Career & Technical Education Dual Credit. Learn about how they are creating flexible pathways and get resources to help your CTE program.

English Learner & Migrant 101: Enriching Experiences with Dual Credit


Join OSPI and Mt Vernon Schools to talk about access to dual credit for English Learner and migrant students.

English Learner & Migrant 201: Elementary School Supports

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Join OSPI's Sylvia Reyna and Grandview School District to learn more about supporting elementary school English Learners and Migrant students.

Mentoring 101: Demystifying Mentoring

​Zoom was experiencing technical difficulties. We were unable to air this webinar. Zoom has resolved it's issues now and we are going to proceed with the afternoon webinar at 1:00 p.m. Please join us!


January 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Join Mentor Washington's Pamila Gant to learn more about the elements of effective mentoring.

Mentoring 201: Because it's Relationships That Matter


January 9, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join Integrated Student Supports provider Communities In Schools for mentoring case studies and for help with implementing a mentoring program effectively.

"Being a reliable presence is a central role a mentor plays in a young person's life. And several efforts to boost attendance and reduce dropout rates have found that a mentors' presence and intervention can help keep students — especially those living in poverty or at risk of disengaging from school — connected to the classroom."

9th Graders On-Track: Insights from Chicago Freshman Success Institute

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December 12, 2018, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

OSPI has sent a team to The Network for College Success' Freshman Success Institute and the team wants to share some highlights of what they learned about supporting freshman to stay on-track. Presenters include Kefi Andersen and Krissy Johnson.

Building Inclusion Into Culture: Mentoring Students with Disabilities

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December 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mentor Washington's Janet Heubach will share essential best practices when starting a mentoring program and Melissa Charette, ESD 113's Teacher of the Year, will outline how her peer-mentoring program for students with disabilities changed the school culture for Washington Middle School and supported students into high school.

Mental Health and Social Emotional Responses

Building Inclusion into Culture: Mentoring Students with Disabilities

Morning Session - Leveraging Partnerships with Early Warning Implementation

November 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Learn from Marques Gittens about PSESD's Early Warning Implementation Philosophy and lessons learned. He'll be joined by Hazel Valley Elementary School to show you what it looks like in the field to leverage community partnerships. We'll also show you tools and resources to help you along the way.

Engaging Faith in Community PartnershipsAfternoon Session - Engaging Faith in Community Partnerships

November 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Join Evergreen Public Schools' Melanie Green to learn about how her school district is engaging Faith Based Coffee as a way to fill needs in their schools and their partnership with Clark County Public Health.

10:00 Session - 10:00 Session - Family Engagement and Student Discipline

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This webinar will provide information about family engagement requirements and best practices for supporting implementation of student discipline policies and practices in Washington schools. The presentation will highlight practical tips from the field and resources to access for additional learning.

Mind the Gap Attedance Webinar1:00 Session - Students Who Smoke or Vape: A Red Flag for Support

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But it’s just tobacco… When looking at student substance use policy violations, do school staff overlook tobacco and vaping use as the “least of their worries”? During this webinar, data will be shared that may motivate school staff to relook at their students who use nicotine products and consider alternative policies and practices in addressing use. Join Deb Drandoff from ESD 112, OSPI’s Mandy Paradise, and get real world expertise from Tina Johnson from Vancouver School District.


10:00 Session - Attendance Awareness: Starting with Tier 1 Supports
Are you tackling attendance this September? We have two great webinars to support your efforts. In our morning session, we'll have special guests from Grandview School District to tell us about how they are implementing Tier 1 supports and offering advice on how to assess if Tier 1 is really in place.

Mind the Gap Attedance Webinar1:00 Session - Mind the Gap: Attendance Supports for Students with Disabilities
In our afternoon session, we will be taking a deeper look at attendance for students with disabilities. We'll be discussing the report from the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) brief entitled Students with Disabilities & Chronic Absenteeism along with strategies to support regular attendance.

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In August, we bring you authors of Why We Drop Out, Deborah Feldman and Anthony Smith to share their research on Washington students who have disengaged from our school system. A vast majority of students who drop out were engaged in school at some point. Results show that many students who considered themselves "good readers" in early grades became disinterested in reading in later grades as reading became "boring". It is so important to consider youth perspectives when designing interventions and supports for students at risk of dropping out of school. Join us to learn more!

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Join OSSI Director of K12 System Supports Dixie Grunenfelder and OSSI Director of Data, Susan Canaga for an overview of Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS). Learn how to structure team meetings with some helpful tools to help your team create precise problems and monitor progress.​

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Ever felt overwhelmed by data? Need some ideas on how to better understand the story the data are trying to tell you? Join OSPI's Susan Canaga for a walkthrough of the data toolkit and its helpful resources. ESD 113's Todd Johnson will share strategies he uses in working with districts and schools on root cause analysis and action planning. We'll also have ESD 189's Joanne Johnson to share what 189 is up to. Join us for this important and timely discussion and learn how to use data more effectively in your continuous school improvement efforts and in reducing persistent opportunity gaps!

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Learn about NDPC research findings on how art impacts students, get some local examples of arts education at work from Beverly Harding Buehler at PSESD, and find out what OSPI has in the works for Arts Education.

Supports for Graduation with Attendance, 9th Graders on Track, and Dual Credit

Get a walkthrough of OSPI's newest data visualizations of the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF), and learn about OSPI's best tools to support schools in building system supports, using the School Quality and Student Success (SQSS) measures Attendance, 9th Graders on Track, and Dual Credit.​

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We have a full house of presenters to talk with you about engaging students with project based learning, simulations, and all the best strategies from the 6 Proven Practices.

Listen in to UW Professor of Social Studies Education, Walter Parker and teachers and a coach who are engaging students in the field.

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Do you want to know more about what you can do to support inclusion and kindergarten transition? We're joined by Bellingham School District's Early Learning Coordinator Kristie Dominquez. Learn about Bellingham's strategy for kindergarten transition. Amber Havens, OSPI WAKIDS Coordinator, will share what's new in WAKIDS and you'll also get access to useful resources for students with disabilities.

GATE is taking districts whose data makes them stand out to tell their stories. Join us! ​

Show Rerun of June 14, 2017 - Using Data to Enhance Reflective Practices

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Dr. Chuck Salina and Dr. Suzann Girtz share the outline of their Leadership Lesson Plan, using timeless goals to create quick wins in a 45 day cycle.


Join us to talk early warning systems with researchers from the Everyone Graduates Center.

Robert Balfanz, PhD, is a research professor at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, where he is co-director of the Talent Development Secondary reform model and director of the Everyone Graduates Center. Check out their Annual Report.

He has published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts, early warning systems, chronic absenteeism, school climate, and instructional interventions in high-poverty schools. He focuses on translating research findings into effective school interventions.

Based on work by the Everyone Graduates Center, learn about the components of early warning systems and how you can use them.

How can parents and advocates ask schools to be more proactive with early warning systems?
We would suggest speaking with the leadership team at their schools and district officials (possibly at School Board Meetings) to inquire about how often and when are off-track students and potentially off-track students discussed in a structured environment where interventions are assigned and follow-up is conducted? Also, maybe have them ask the school what their rate of indicators is? How many students have ABCs?

Sharing the need/desire to monitor and/or implement Early Warning Systems in schools would also be a way to show the schools and districts that parents, advocates and community stakeholders are interested in schools being pro-active, instead of re-active when it comes to identifying students that are off-track or have the potential to become off-track.

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Assistant Principal Dave Martinez from Sunnyside joins us. Using an early warning system Sunnyside High School has seen amazing gains in graduation rates, making the journey from 41% to 90% graduation in 2016.

Learn about how they began, what they are working on now and get resources to support your work.

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Lake Chelan High School will share how they built and are implementing their freshmen academy, to create engagement, relationships, and relevance for students. OSPI's Dixie Grunenfelder will give an update on our status on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and we'll share resources, and answer questions regarding 9th grade success.

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OSPI Special Education Parent & Community Liaison Scott Raub presents a regulatory lens on student discipline for special education students.

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Battleground School District shares how they built and are implementing and evaluating PBIS. OSPI's Josh Lynch gives an update, share resources, and answer questions about legislation related to discipline. You'll also get a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) perspective from OSPI's Kelcey Schmitz. Lots of great resources!

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Special guest Sunnyside Assistant Principal, James Wise talks about his evolving attendance work and give practical advice to districts starting out. OSPI's Krissy Johnson gives us some great resources and updates us on legislative and WAC changes.

  • Update on legislative and WAC changes
  • Hear Sunnyside's James Wise's story about how they are tackling attendance
  • Get resources for September Attendance Awareness Month​

Useful Documents

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Join Marissa Rathbone and Tumwater School Distrtict's David Parascand to plan for the year to come using OSPI's Equity Analytics.

  • Offer ideas on how to use data to inform planning and instruction
  • Show how to access and use the Equity Analytics
  • Get an example of how Tumwater School District is using data
  • Learn about tools and resources for further action

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Dr. Chuck Salina and Dr. Suzann Girtz share the outline of their Leadership Lesson Plan, using timeless goals to create quick wins in a 45 day cycle.

Join Kim Reykdal and Barb Dittrich to learn about why dual credit is an equity issue, our current dual credit system, and how to use the Dual Credit Analytic Companion Tool.

  • Why Dual Credit?
  • Our Dual Credit System
  • Data Analytic Tool
    • Analysis
    • Self-assessment
    • Action Planning
    • Essential Questions for Data Analytics

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Danise Ackelson shares information on personalized pathways, data, and resources for career readiness. We're also joined by Marisa Castello, Woodbrook Middle School Counselor, of Clover Park School District and Chris Swanson, Bremerton High School Career Counselor to talk strategies and practical advice.

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  • 2016 graduation rates and using the Equity Analytic tool
  • What we've learned from action research on large districts with Dr. Charles Salina
  • Practical advice from Superintendent Marcus Morgan of Reardan-Edwall School District

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Aira Jackson and Marissa Rathbone walkthrough the assessment equity analytics and how they can be useful to your work on equity.

  • How to use data to inform equity conversations
  • Demonstrate OSPI’s new ways of presenting data
  • Show how to access and use the new data platform
  • Explore ways you can use performance indicator analytics
  • Invite conversations about how to use this data in your work

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Dixie Grunenfelder outlines a multi-tiered system approach for behavior (PBIS) with district wide implementation advice from North Thurston School District's Leslie Van Leishout and Rand Hodgson along with high school specific strategies from River Ridge High School Vice Principal Mike Smith.

  • State level overview
  • Core district supports
  • Key building strategies
  • Critical elements for sustainability
  • Resources

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OSPI's Andrea Cobb and Kelcey Schmitz discuss new legislation (4SHB 1541) related to Integrated Student Supports.

  • An introduction to the Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol (WISSP)- a seamless system of wraparound supports to address academic and nonacademic barriers to learning.
  • MTSS: Powering Integrated Student Supports through a systemic and comprehensive approach.

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Dixie Grunenfelder, Kefi Andersen, Aaron Cummings, and Toby Marston discuss 9th grade course failure and what you can do to address it.

  • Why we are looking at 9th Grade Course Failure
  • Resources to help you address 9th Grade Course Failure
  • School district administrators describe their strategies to help 9th Graders

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Krissy Johnson, Laurie Shannon, and Rand Hodgson explore Attendance, Truancy Boards, and implementing HB 2449.

  • What we Know about Attendance
  • Mandatory Changes with HB 2449
  • Best Practices

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Tim Stensager tells the story of OSPI's Data & Analytics and how to design performance management to create equity across the system. This presentation is the foundation for this year's webinar topics. This month's topics are focused on:

  • Where are we going?
  • Why look at district data?
  • It's all about equity
  • How do we know we're getting there?


A vision that all students are ready for career, college and life can be measured through success in high rigor courses such as Advanced Placement (AP). Everett School District has made an intentional effort to prepare all students for college, career and life. Becky Ballbach, Director of Student Support Services for Everett school district, will share her district's effort to expand AP enrollment, particularly to historically underserved students. This webinar will focus on:

  • Initial year activities.
  • Sustaining and expanding enrollment and completion of college level courses.
  • Removing barriers to AP and college access.
  • Strategies to ensure that historically underserved students are enrolled and successful in AP courses.

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Student mental health is a challenge in most districts across Washington, with a need for earlier identification, and quick accesses to services.

Sara Ellsworth, Behavioral Health Clinical Services Manager at Capital Region ESD113, will share her experiences developing a school-based mental health pilot, including essential first steps, developing partnerships and lessons learned. Please join us as we identify steps your school or district can take to address mental health challenges.

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The Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) was created by the legislature in 2006 to address the opportunity gap, engage families, and provide informal and impartial conflict resolution to improve relationships between schools and families. Learn how OEO engages with families, partners with schools and community organizations, and makes policy recommendations to improve the K-12 system.

OEO director Carrie Basas will also share how the OEO is using data to drive its practices, particularly in the areas of attendance and graduation, and provide a snapshot of the patterns that the OEO has found statewide.

Finally, she will engage with attendees to brainstorm ways that OEO can be more helpful in supporting schools, through sharing OEO data, partnering for data-driven collaboration, acting as a sounding board in difficult situations, or providing overall recommendations for improving school-family communication.

For more information about the OEO, as well as toolkits and guides, visit oeo.wa.gov.

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Learn how Centralia School District is using the existing High School and Beyond Plan to increase student outcomes and meet the new 24 credit graduation requirement. When integrated in the goal for student success, multiple requirements can be useful tools to engage students in planning and staying on-track to graduation.

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Student perception data is valuable, and it's collection and use is a key practice of districts that are successfully increasing graduation rates. One of Washington State's key data source is the Healthy Youth Survey.

In this webinar we will highlight an analysis of the HYS and the items on the survey that are correlated with graduation rates. In addition, we will share some specific building level examples of using student perception data to improve student outcomes.

Target Audience: District and school administration, school counselors.

Presenter: Lisa Ireland, Research Analyst at OSPI

Our goals of this webinar are:

  • Shine a light on this data, where you can find it, what these codes mean and how we use this data.
  • Share practices districts are using to ease reporting, reduce unknown transfers, reduce reported dropouts, and improve graduation rates.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.